Voters at the pre-polling booth at the Humanities Centre in Ipswich.
Voters at the pre-polling booth at the Humanities Centre in Ipswich. Rob Williams

Federal Election 2019: Ipswich decides

ROLLING COVERAGE:

8.57pm

Incumbent Blair MP Shayne Neumann has won the seat for the ALP, but not without fierce competition from the LNP, followed closely by One Nation.

8.19pm

It looks like incumbent Labor MP Shayne Neumann may keep the seat of Blair commanding 32.09 per cent of the vote, with almost half of the votes in.

LNP candidate Robert Shearman is a nose behind at 26.89 per cent of the vote.

In  two party preferred only .22 per cent splits the vote.

8.13pm

It looks like the seat of Oxley is safe in the hands of the ALP with incumbent MP Milton Dick commanding 43.35 per cent of the vote.

7.50pm

One Nation are rolling strong and taking in 17.55 per cent of the Blair vote, in party leader Pauline Hanson's former stomping ground.

Candidate Sharon Bell said she's hopeful.

"We will have to wait and see," she said.

7.47pm

LNP is polling on top, tipping the scales with 50.07 per cent of the vote in the two-party preferred figures. Blair candidate Robert Shearman said the early lead is "wonderful" and "very positive".

7.23pm

LNP's odds are dropping on Sportsbet.com.au with Labor paying out at $1.18 and a $2 improvement on with the Coalition win paying out $5.

7pm

Votes are rolling in and with the two major parties taking the majority of the votes. Robert Shearman, LNP's Blair candidate is currently in the lead, with incumbent ALP MP Shayne Neumann close behind.

3.27pm

Booths are quiet around Ipswich with the Show ensuring a quick turnover at the bigger polling locations.

11.23am

Greens candidate Michelle Duncan had a car accident at the Flinders View Cityhope Church polling place.

Witnesses say she reversed into a 4WD ute and exchanged details with the car owner.

11am:

Incumbent Labor MP Shayne Neumann cast his vote at the Flinders View Cityhope Church polling place.

THE LIVE NUMBERS:.

FEDERAL
2019
Blair Oxley Wright

THE COUNT:

Live, as it comes from Sky News.

EARLIER:

ON May 18, Australia will decide who its 31st Prime Minister will be.

Already three million people have voted in pre-polling and the rest of the country will hit the booths on Saturday.

Here are the details you need to know, where to vote, how to vote, and who you're voting for, this is your comprehensive guide to the Blair electorate.

> > > YOUR GUIDE: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Federal Election in Ipswich

WHERE TO VOTE?

Wondering where to vote this year? There are more than 50 locations in the greater Ipswich region.

> > > YOUR GUIDE: Where to cast your vote in Ipswich on Saturday

HOW TO VOTE?

On Saturday you will be handed two slips of paper at the polls.

The first a green slip to vote for a Member in the House of Representatives.

House of Representatives voting card.
House of Representatives voting card.

You are required to write the number '1' in the box next to the candidate who is their first choice, and the numbers '2', '3' and so on against all the other candidates until all the boxes have been numbered, in order of your party preferences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second slip you will be handed is to vote in the senate. On this white ballot paper there are two options.

Senate Ballot paper, voting above the line.
Senate Ballot paper, voting above the line.
  • You can number six boxes above the line for parties or groups of your choice.
  • Or, you can number at least 12 boxes below the line for individual candidates of your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

WHO TO VOTE FOR?

And if you're still wondering who to vote for this year, we've put together candidate profiles on seven of the nine candidates in the Blair electorate.

All candidates were given the opportunity to respond.

We've asked the candidates nine questions each to help you get to know them, and their policies a little better, and to make an informed decision.

  • Where do you live?
  • Where do you work?
  • Tell us about the notable points of your family and employment life?
  • How would you describe the election campaign in Blair?
  • What do you believe is the top three major issues in the electorate?
  • What are the four policies/ infrastructure projects you will deliver specifically for the electorate of Blair?
  • What are the five major policies your party will deliver nationally?
  • Why should voters put you first on May 18?

To find out who you should vote for, click on the names and read the candidate profiles below.

Sharon Bell, One Nation

Sharon Bell - One Nation candidate for Blair.
Sharon Bell - One Nation candidate for Blair. Sharon Bell

 

Michelle Duncan, The Greens

Michelle Duncan - The Greens candidate for Blair.
Michelle Duncan - The Greens candidate for Blair. Contributed

 

Simone Karandrews, Independent

Simone Karandrews, Independent candidate for Blair.
Simone Karandrews, Independent candidate for Blair. Cordell Richardson

 

Shayne Neumann, ALP

Incumbent Blair MP, Shayne Neumann
Incumbent Blair MP, Shayne Neumann Cordell Richardson

 

Robert Shearman, LNP

LNP candidate Robert Shearman.
LNP candidate Robert Shearman. Cordell Richardson

 

Sandy Turner, conservative Independent candidate for Blair

Sandy Turner - independent candidate for Blair.
Sandy Turner - independent candidate for Blair. Contributed

 

Majella Zimpel, United Australia Party

United Australia Party's Majella Zimpel is a candidate for the seat of Blair in the 2019 Federal Election.
United Australia Party's Majella Zimpel is a candidate for the seat of Blair in the 2019 Federal Election. Rob Williams
  • You can number six boxes above the line for parties or groups of your choice.
  • Or, you can number at least 12 boxes below the line for individual candidates of your choice.
  • You can number six boxes above the line for parties or groups of your choice.
  • Or, you can number at least 12 boxes below the line for individual candidates of your choice.

 

Booths close at 6pm and the numbers are expected to roll in thick and fast until 8pm, with a result expected about 8.30pm.

Sportsbet.com.au are currently putting the odds at a Labor PM at $1.10, while odds for an LNP leader are much longer at $7.

In the Blair electorate, Labor is tipped to take the seat with a win only paying out $1.02.

One Nation has the longest odds paying out at $501

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